Board of Supervisors begin bidding process to remodel suites at Farmersville Civic Center for Health and Human Services Agency
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – The vacant space on the east end of the Farmersville Civic Center will soon be bustling with activity.
At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved bid documents to remodel the 7,849 square foot space for the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). According to the staff report, the suite at 907 W. Visalia Road in Farmersville, requires new conference rooms and office improvements. The Supervisors authorized staff to advertise the bids and set a bid opening for 2 p.m. on March 29. The contract documents allow 60 calendar days for construction once the bid is awarded.
Beginning the bid process is the first step for Tulare County to relocate HHSA to its former training center in Farmersville. HHSA occupied the suite from 2000 to 2006 before the County turned over the lease as the new headquarters for the Tulare County Fire Department (TCFD) on Jan. 8, 2007. TCFD announced in 2016 that it would be moving to offices in the Cigna Building in Visalia at the corner of Akers Street and Tulare Avenue. The fire department as well as the Sheriff’s Department held a grand opening of its new administrative offices on Dec. 6, 2017.
Instead of losing a tenant and creating a hole in its revenues, Farmersville was able to begin a new lease with the County at a higher rate. TCFD was leasing the space in Farmersville for $4,440 per month until June 30, 2017. On July 1, 2017 HHSA began paying $10,598.17 per month. When the lease was approved by the Board in October, Mayor Paul Boyer said the loss of a lease would have tripled the city’s projected deficit for this fiscal year.